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  1. There are several types of Hunt coupling for non-NEM stock. For example, https://www.westhillwagonworks.co.uk/hunt-couplings-c-2/hunt-couplings-elite-oo-gauge-c-21/hunt-couplings-elite-pivoting-intermediate-screw-type-couplings-oo-gauge-p-191 https://www.westhillwagonworks.co.uk/hunt-couplings-c-2/hunt-couplings-elite-oo-gauge-c-21/hunt-couplings-elite-close-coupling-couplings-for-clip-socket-oo-gauge-p-123 There are also options for the conversion of non-NEM stock to provide a NEM pocket and then use any of the NEM versions. https://www.westhillwagonworks.co.uk/hunt-couplings-c-2/coupling-accessories-c-25/ Start with some of the easier to convert wagons first.
  2. I can't give you a conclusive answer either, but I'd very much doubt that they'd be more than 6": I think they are likely to be less. The door on the left, seems to have eight planks, so if the planks were 6" wide, then that would imply that the door is four foot wide. That's a fairly wide door, given that most standard width doors are between about 30" and three feet wide. I'd therefore suggest that the planks are possibly just 4" wide, which would give the door a width of three feet. Look at the door height. I'd say that the door is more than twice as tall as it is wide. I can't see a reason for a door that is more than eight foot high. A typical door would be between six and seven foot, which I think implies a standard width door. It also opens out onto the platform, which I think is likely to be about six feet wide. If the door was much more than three foot wide, then there wouldn't be much platform when the door was being opened. My guess (and that is all it is), is that the planks are probably 4" wide.
  3. I know nothing of the MagNEM couplings, but a Google search threw up - https://www.glrailways.co.uk/oo-gauge-magnem-standard-width-omni-couplings---these-ignore-magnetic-polarity-821-p.asp. I'm not sure what these do that the Hunt Elite range doesn't, but I've no experience of either.
  4. That looks really good, but how common is it for these wagons to be loaded up with different vehicle types? My perception (which could of course be wrong) is that these tend to carry a number of what look like identical vehicles.
  5. I believe that the Dundee exhibition will go ahead three weeks earlier. https://www.dundee.com/event/dundee-model-railway-club-exhibition-2021
  6. Is that for the original MHAs (as per the Hornby model), the later builds (as per the S-Kits resin body and the Accurascale ones), or both?
  7. I've no specific knowledge of the 1960s as it was before my time, but I suspect that block workings were more common in the latter years of operation. With the advent of the air braked network in the 1970s, there was a trend towards using larger wagons and, as I understand it, the VEA 'Vanwide' was effectively retained for use on flows to/from sites that couldn't accommodate the larger air braked wagons (VAA etc). This would therefore have led to the VEA 'Vanwide' being concentrated on flows to/from specific locations that had operating constraints on wagon length and with the run down of vacuum braked services, most similar sized vans from the steam era would have been eliminated from the network, effectively leading to block workings of VEA 'Vanwide' by the 1980s. That would potentially be a reason for Bachmann choosing the later air braked variant as the start point. Those modelling the earlier period may only be looking to purchase a single wagon to add to a rake, whereas those modelling a more recent period may want half a dozen.
  8. I doubt there is any chance of Hornby upgrading their wagon when Bachmann are due to introduce a brand new tool model. https://www.Bachmann.co.uk/product/category/155/br-vea-‘vanwide’-br-freight-brown-(railfreight)/38-880 https://www.Bachmann.co.uk/product/br-vea-'vanwide'-br-railfreight-red-and-grey/38-881 https://www.Bachmann.co.uk/product/category/155/br-vea-'vanwide'-br-railfreight-distribution-sector/38-882 How the two will compare, I don't know: I don't have a Hornby Vanwide.
  9. My only comment would be that the original link highlights that its for TVs up to 60". Given that TV sizes are measured on the diagonal, this suggests that the maximum train length that would be able to be accommodated would be about four foot. It may be suitable for short trains or the smaller scales, but not particularly useful for a scale HST in 00 let alone O Gauge.
  10. Last night marked my first trip to our club room in 17 months.

    1. Tim V

      Tim V

      Did you see anyone there?


    2. Dungrange


      There was eight of us there, which was a record since reopening.  Not quite back to normal, but hopefully getting there.

  11. I note that the train seemed to get shorter as it made it's way around the layout. It started with a couple of VEA at the back of the train and by the end of the video it had lost not only the two VEA but also two VGA as well. Just as well you didn't lose the tanks! I'm glad to hear that they run well.
  12. ... but metric units have absolutely nothing to do with the EU. Nor is any SI unit derived from the length of Charles de Gaulle's nose. The clue to usage is in the official name - the International System of Units. First published in 1960, it's the system of units used in just about every country in the world - apart from pockets of Luddites who insist that they don't want to use the same standard as everyone else and would rather use an antiquated system of units purely to be different. ... but that's not evidence that things are overpriced today. I'll hazard a guess that when you could get a haircut for one shilling and three pence, the average man earned less than £1,000 per annum (I don't think the median wage reached £1,000 per annum until the mid to late 1960s). The average man today earns probably 30 times that, so by your logic, that must mean that today's workers probably work 30 times harder than your generation. The reality is that the value of a pound (or shilling) reduces over time due to workers expecting a pay rise, which is one of the drivers of inflation. If you pay someone more and they don't actually work any harder, then the value of the currency will fall. That therefore means that you need more of that devalued currency to buy the same goods and services. Converting a decimal cost back to pounds, shilling and pence is a totally pointless exercise (other than proving to yourself that you still know how many shillings were in a pound) - it would make much more sense to express historic costs as a proportion of average earnings and compare that to an equivalent calculation today. Services with a higher labour cost (such as cutting hair) will have risen by a larger proportion than goods which can be produced more cheaply due to technological progress.
  13. But that article isn't about metric time - it's about decimal time, which I'll admit I never knew existed. They are not the same thing. In the metric system of units, the base unit of time is the second, so it could be argued that even the lovers of imperial units already use metric time. In line with other SI units, we should also refer to the millisecond (1/1000 th of a second) and microsecond (1/1,000,000 th of second), which again are widely used metric units. However, no-one uses the larger kilo-second (16 minutes and 40 seconds) or mega-second (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds). It's simply much easier to understand if we divide a large number of seconds by 3,600 and call it hours rather than divide it by 1,000 and call it kilo-seconds.
  14. This might be a silly question, but why is an accessory decoder (ie the DR4018) programmed using a locomotive address (ie 9999)? I expected this to be an accessory address, but from the detailed instructions above, that's clearly not the case.
  15. A Value of 6 in CV29 means that the decoder is set to 28/128 speed steps and DC operation is enabled. Direction is normal, you are using a short address with no speed table and Railcom is not enabled. If you want to disable analogue operation, then you need another number. If all of these other choices are correct for your locomotive, then you should be using 2 - ie just the 28/128 speed step setting.
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